The Mayor's role and history

Freedom of the Borough

The Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour that a council can award.

Considerations for nominating an Honorary Freeman should be addressed to the Leader of the Council or any of the other local political parties: Contact your councillor.  

When a nomination for Freedom of the Borough is accepted, a special meeting of Full Council is convened and the proposal must be passed by two-thirds of those present.  The nominee for Honorary Freeman must have, in the council's opinion, rendered eminent service to the borough of Warrington.

Notable Honorary Freemen 

  • Mrs VI Edwards and Mr H Cunningham were both granted Freedom of the Borough in recognition of their eminent services to the borough of Warrington in October 1997.
  • Mr JS Gartside OBE JP DL BSc (Hons) BPhil, who received the honour on 10 December 2004.
  • The Lord Hoyle, who received the honour on 11 November 2005.
  • Mrs Margaret Isherwood MBE, who received the honour on 7 December 2015.

The Duke of Lancaster Regiment

The council granted the Freedom of the Borough to The South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers) on 17 September 1947 in recognition of the long and close association existing between Warrington and the Regiment. The successor to the Regiment, the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, became the The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King Lancashire and Borders) in July 2006.

As such, The Duke of Lancaster Regiment has permission to march through the streets of Warrington with drums beating, bands playing, colours flying and bayonets fixed.

The 75 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers)

The council granted the Freedom of the Borough to The 75 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers) on 20 May 2013 in recognition of the long and close association between the council and the Regiment.

75 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers), is a Territorial Army unit, numbering 400 men and women recruited mainly from the north west. The Regiment can trace its history back as far as 1858 and has many sub-unit connections, some of which were amalgamated into the Regiment in April 1967 with the formation of the Territorial Army and Volunteer Reserve.

The Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop are based at the TA centre in Warrington. There are three Squadrons, based at Birkenhead (107 Field Squadron), Stoke on Trent (125 Field Squadron) and Failsworth (202 Field Squadron and Royal Electrical Mechanical workshops).

The role of the Corps of Royal Engineers is to enable the Army to live, move and fight. 75 Engineer Regiment supports this by providing specialist engineering capability in bridging, demolitions, water supply, watermanship, field fortifications, heavy earth moving and construction. The regimental headquarters provides the command and control systems to deploy this capability into the field.

A march to celebrate the granting of the Freedom took place on Armed Forces Day, 29 June 2013, from the Town Hall, marching through the town centre and concluding with a medal presentation and musical display from the military band in Queens Gardens.